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How to use Google Assistant’s “What’s on my screen?”

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

You’re on your phone, reading about a cool new band, so you open a new Chrome tab and search for their social media page.

Or, you get a text from your friend with a location to meet. So you hop out of Hangouts and open Google Maps to manually enter the address.

If you use your phone on a daily basis, situations like these should feel all too familiar. The coolest addition to the latest Android operating system, 6.0 Marshmallow, takes manual searching out of your smartphone routine by bridging the gap between Google and the rest of your phone.

“What’s on my screen?” (previously called Now on Tap) removes this middle-step by letting you “Google Search” anything you see on your smartphone screen. All of the neat stuff you see when using Google in a browser is displayed directly through Now on Tap, like recent sports scores, upcoming movie showtimes and restaurant reviews.

Simply long-press the home button and Google will look at what you’re currently viewing, pulling up all the relevant information relating to the topic(s) at hand. You can use this all across your smartphone – it’s not app specific or requires any development support.

Find out how to enable Now on Tap and watch it work its magic in the GIFs below.


Learn more about Now on Tap from Google’s support site.

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